Terry Rosenberg was born in 1954 in Hartford, Connecticut and raised in Miami, Florida.
He studied at the University of Miami BFA and Alfred University MFA. In 1980, after settling in New York City, his sculpture and related drawings were exhibited at Hal Bromm Gallery. This debut exhibition focused on the human form and issues related to representation and identity, examining dualities such as integration/isolation, human/animal, past/future, and science/fiction. His paintings, sculpture and drawings continued to explore a multiplicity of human gestures, as polymorphs suggesting movement and transformation. Rosenberg’s work became recognized among New York’s new figurative genre and by the end of the 1980’s had been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe.
During an extended residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska he began a series of drawings observing dance. Specifically, he made in situ drawings of American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Mark Morris Dance Group, Kirov Ballet, and Parsons Dance Company. These graphic records of his responses to figures in motion constitute a detailed examination of the present tense. They are an active meditation on the synthesis of light, dynamic structure, and space/time relationships. This series culminated with the exhibition and supportive catalog, Terry Rosenberg, Inside the Dance, organized by the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery in1994. In 2002 an exhibition and book titled Terry Rosenberg, Figuring Motion further explored the body and motion in large-scale paintings and drawings.
His work has been exhibited in venues such as MoMA PS1, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, The Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, National Center for the Arts, Mexico City, Sao Paulo Bienal, and is included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Walker Art Center, and Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Rosenberg lives and works in New York City. www.terryrosenberg.com @terry_rosenberg